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Psychotherapy and the Treatment of Cancer Patients


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Introduction. In the Front Line with Cancer. Cancer and the Psychotherapeutic Endeavour. The Impact of Cancer on Hospital Relationships. Cancer in Different Areas of the Body and Mind. Mind-Bending Pain. Dread and Trauma - On Being Told the Truth. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the NHS 'General' Hospital. Examining Group Processes in Hospital.

About the Author

Lawrence Goldie is a consultant psychiatrist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist. He has published widely on a variety of topics including hypnosis, epilepsy, sleep patterns in infants, intra-cranial bruits and on the subject of 'attention and inattention'. His psychiatric training was at the Institute of Psychiatry in London and while at the Institute of Psychoanalysis he was supervised by Dr. Wilfred Bion, who inspired his work. Jane Desmarais teaches in the department of English & Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She has published in the fields of literature, the visual arts, and psychoanalysis.


'... written from the heart by a clinician who has struggled on a daily basis on behalf of patients suffering with cancer... full of stories that place a spotlight on what 'caring' should mean, both from a professional and a personal perspective. It is important reading for any health professional who wants to understand the psychology of illness and the psychology of professionals and institutions.' - Georgina Gordon, Journal of Community Nursing

'This is an important book that should be widely read, and that could do much to alleviate human suffering.' - Maria Rhode, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

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